Austrolethops wardi Whitley, 1935
Small-eyed goby
photo by Hughes, S.W.T.

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  6 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to southern Great Barrier Reef, north to Guam.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-15; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 13-14. Brown in color; 1st dorsal fin dark; front of 2nd dorsal and anal fins pale, back part dark; caudal fin pale; pectoral fins light to dusky, with dark bar; pelvic fins black (Ref. 2798). Eyes small (Ref. 1602); characterized further by separated pelvic fins; completely absent scales on head and body; second dorsal and anal fins without spines; depth of body 4.5-4.9 in SL (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Lives among coral rubble.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 11 March 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 01.02.93
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 19.04.13
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 20.02.97

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